After a wildly successful dinner party hosted by our friends, the Versens, the group they gathered decided to start a supper club. We had all kinds of ideas for themes but settled on spinning a globe and each couple choosing a country as inspiration for their next dinner party. We got Morocco and hosted Saturday night. Here’s what happened… (all recipes on my Pinterest)We were lucky to be able to borrow these great tagines from Hutch, our friend’s mom, who brought them back from a trip to Morocco. Definite lifesaver since most of our china/serving dishes/wedding presents are buried in our attic.
The terracotta tagines are from Sur La Table. My favorite part about this tablescape is my friend Susan’s old college tapestry being used as a tablecloth! Somehow I acquired it years ago and have been using it as a blanket for the park .
We picked up that Turkish bedspread on our honeymoon in Istanbul and threw it over the sofa to give things a Moroccan feel. Sorta worked.
The serving tagines were too big to all fit in our oven so Scott cooked the delicious chicken marbella in a roasting pan and transferred it.
First course was a fennel salad with cilantro, garlic and preserved lemon, a common ingredient in Moroccan food. I found the fennel salad recipe in a great cookbook I have called From Tapas to Mezze: Small Plates from the Mediterranean.
The tagines made for a dramatic presentation. Thanks, Hutch! On the left is a great swiss chard with ras el hanout and preserved lemon. I got the swiss chard recipe out of the recent Williams-Sonoma catalogue. Continue reading
Orange nails for the beach!
Kate Middleton at the Queen’s Jubilee looking way more elegant than Kim Kardashian in Alexander McQueen
Fantastic kale salad recipe for our dinner party this weekend and
Gjelina, the cool, Venice Beach restaurant that gave me the idea
Tucker is having a sale! (Obsessed right now with the NYC indie label’s silk blouses)
See you next week!
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Let me begin by admitting that pizza is my desert-island food. I could eat it every day. But lets be clear, not that doughy, sorry excuse, Chicago-style, and definitely not with pineapple. Otherwise I’m smitten with that brilliant pie of my ancestors. So when I saw this New York Times Magazine recipe (adapted from the Big Sur Bakery in California), I jumped at the chance to make it for a crowd. The verdict: fantastico!
Hint: Save time and buy dough at your favorite pizzeria, then dress and bake.
Here’s the recipe: Continue reading
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Last night I took an unusual cooking class that was two parts food-history lesson and one part cooking class. Maybe you could say it was food theater but it seemed more like eating at a great restaurant and being able to ask the chef as many questions as you wanted. In short, it was brilliant.
The class was conducted by smart and sassy Susan Eckis, a local chef and contributor to Richmond Home. She’s fun and funny and proved extremely knowledgeable about the origins of Greek cuisine. Some basic bits: Seafaring countries have more diverse food because it can be imported more easily. In Greece’s case it’s between Europe and the Middle-East, therefore contains attributes of both. (O.K. there were also great wine parings so I don’t remember all the details.) Continue reading
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